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spoke a few hours ago, and breaking news, john kerry will speak in about 15 minutes. kerry is in ukraine's capital of kiev. the secretary also visited independence square, which had been the center of protests and where a huge memorial has now been erected to those killed before president yanukovych was ousted. we'll bring you secretary kerry's remarks live when he starts. again, that's in about 15 minutes from now. meantime, speaking publicly for the first time since the ukraine crisis boiled over, president putin accused the west of encouraging a, quote, unconstitutional coup in ukraine and said russia reserves the right to use military force as a, quote, last resort. however, these images, obviously, are stirring. russian troops, who had taken control of a ukrainian air base in crimea fired warning shots as ukraine soldiers approached. all this as we said with secretary of state john kerry now in ukraine in a show of support. nbc news chief fortunate affairs correspondent andrea mitchell joins us now by phone in kiev. andrea, do we have a preview of what we might hear from secretary k
mitchell reports," united front. in paris today, secretary of state john kerry joins forces with our european allies to put the pressure on putin to back down in retreat from crimea. and this hour, kerry meets with his russian counterpart to continue to urge direct talks between russia and ukraine. >>> mother russia, but can the u.s. and europe stop putin's ultimate end game? back stateside, critics on the hill say we should have seen this coming. >> this president does not understand vladimir putin. he does not understand his ambitions. he does not understand that vladimir putin is an old kgb colonel bent on restoration of the soviet of the russian empire. >> hearing adjourned. what happens when the house oversight committee chairman cuts off a microphone after lois lerner pleads the fifth for a second time. this. >> you will sit down and allow me to ask the question, i am a member of a congress of the united states of america. i am tired of this. >>> good day. i'm chris matthews in washington in for andrea mitchell. she'll be back tomorrow. secretary john kerry's meetling
ukraine. >> we're waiting for another statement from secretary of state john kerry in paris after his marathon meeting with the leaders of ukraine, russia, and european ministers. right now, kerry is back behind closed doors with allies after meeting with russia's foreign ministers. this is an additional meeting. kerry was supposed to address the press and head back to paris hours ago. but russia's lauvrov left withot speaking to his ukrainian counterpar. the white house saying no deal has been reality showed. but president pawn and chancellor merkel discussed a possible international effort to improve the standoff. >>> in brussels, nato putting all military and civilian meetings with russia on hold and is reviewing all of its dealings with moscow, the russian envoy accusing nato of double standards here in holding cold war stereotypes. russia has until late tonight to reverse course in ukraine's crimea region or face e.u. sanctions and even possible expulsion from the g-8. the white house is looking to deescalate the situation. pro-russian protesters in crimea surrounded the car carr
. andrea, thank you. you just saw the press conference. what is kerry attempting to do today in this crisis? >> he's attempting to shore off the ukrainian people to tell their interim leaders they can pull this together and resist pressure on in terms of rising energy prices and also the threat of military force, that they can resist pressure from vladimir putin. he was strikingly passion nal having had the moving experience of walking by the square where the resistance took place, seeing the barricade still there, seeing the tires and barbed wire and flower for the martl mart martyrs, the heavenly hundred, all men and one woman who died in the sniper fire. it was an emotional day and business of trying to meet with interim leaders and tell them that the united states will stand with them $1 billion in loan guarantees. there has been some softening among the allies. here's you've got kerry and the president saying that vladimir putin will be isolated from the world economically and politically by his fans and by having operational control illegally says the united states in crimea. but puti
john kerry calls it an invasion and ukraine has now mobilized its army now. it is our top issue this morning. president obama spoke with president putin of russia on saturday after warning there will be costs should russia intervene. i'm joined this morning by the secretary of state john kerry and exclusively by republican senator marco rubio of florida, a key voice on the senate foreign relations committee. also, a big moment in politics. the culture wars in america as arizona's governor vetoes a controversial bill that opponents labeled as anti-gay. how do we as a country reconcile concerns over religious freedom and civil liberties? we will analyze how this could play out in this midterm election year. plus, no end in sight to california's an devastating drought despite this week's floors. i will ask jerry brown about the effects. we want to begin with ukraine. we'll get the latest on the dramatic events in this crisis from nbc's bill neely in simferopol, which is the capital of the crimea. we understand there's a real fear now that russia may try to annex the crimea. what's
's bill neely in crimea and mike mcfall, as secretary of state john kerry heads to kiev tonight. >> the fact is he's going to lose on the international stage. russia is going to lose and russian people are going to lose, he's going to lose all of the glow that came out of the olympics, his $60 billion extravaganza. not going to have a sochi g8 and may not remain in the g-8 if this continues. >> snow more. 17 days until spring as another winter storm slams the east coast after icing over the midwest and south. we'll have the latest as we dig ourselves out right here in d.c. >> the problems will linger on the roads but should we taper off in the early afternoon in terms of the snow, that will give road crews a big head start on what is going to be a deep freeze tonight. near record setting lows here in washington, d.c. >> and the oscar goes to -- between the all-star selfies and pizza break, it belonged on lifetime performances on films that captured the human spirit. >> when i look down at the golden statue, may it remind me and every little child, no matter where you're from, yo
john kerry pledged financial assistance to the struggle ukraine. what's next appears to be a balance on the tightrope of diplomacy. jim maceda joins us. >> reporter: what a difference a day makes really. putin's comments on tuesday that he had no desire to annex the crimea peninsula, to take a step back from the brink. even though crimea remains tense on the ground today there's a new report of russians seizing two ukrainian anti-missile posts. still it feels like ukraine is spinning not towards war today but some kind of diplomatic solution. for instance, after secretary of state john kerry's visit to kiev yesterday, where he did show support for that new pro-western government with very strong words against vladimir putin and a promise of a billion dollars in loans, today kerry meets for the very first time since the current crisis escalated with his russian counterpart to talk exit strategy. more significantly, the ukrainian and russian governments are talking on a cabinet level today for the first time. and then there's a russian defense official discussing ukraine with nato memb
mitchell live from the state department here in washington. secretary of state john kerry joins me here in the treaty room. thank you very much for being here. >> thank you. >> a lot of cry says to cover, but first is ukraine. vladimir putin issued a drill to mobilize troops in western russia. how worried should we be about the military action into ukraine? >> well, andrea, first of all, let me just say that what has happened in ukraine is quite remarkable. it's a demonstration of the reper repeatidy shouthat should send message to russia. and mr. putin should listen to the ukrainians that want desire for change. that's number one. number two, the president, president putin in a telephone conversation with president obama just the other day committed to respect the territorial integrity of ukraine. and i think that's up credibly important. it would be very difficult for me to understand how russia would reconcile its position on libya, its position on syria, its warnings against interveng in another country and then not respect the sovereignty of ukraine and the will of the people there
in ukraine, several fast moving developments on the ground as secretary of state john kerry landed in kiev this morning. the new video showing him with ukraine's acting president has the white house lays out its economic plan to bolster ukraine's finances. >>> next hour at home, president obama puts his money where his mouth is, unveiling a budget that backs up his income inequality message that backs young children and universal e pre-k. and it has been a winter of extreme cold, record snow. has the deep freeze changed how americans are spending? >>> we begin with the white house confronting major challenges on the domestic and international fronts. the president next hour will unveil a nearly $4 trillion budget at an elementary school in washington, as they battle with republicans over the economy and income inequality. overseas, secretary of state john kerry has arrived in the ukrainian capital of kiev, where he just met with the acting president. he's there to show support for the country's embattled government, which includes a billion dollars in aid. a new sign of aggression, russi
of interpretations, but i don't think that's fooling anybody. >> secretary of state john kerry who arrived in kiev also dispute putin's claim when he was asked about it by my colleague, andrea mitchell. >> it's clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. russia has talked about russian-speaking minority citizens under siege. they're not. >> kerry talked about a meeting with the new government and protest leaders including former pro boxer klitchko. the package includes a $1 billion in loan guarantees. still, the question is how to interpret putin's remarks today. not only did he deny russian troops had invaded crimea, he said that should russia wish to do so, they have every legal right since they would be doing it at the request of the former but in russia's eyes legitimate president. ian williams joins us from kiev. what's the reaction from ukrainen officials to what putin said today? >> a good day to you, joy. it's fair to say that a lot of people have been left wondering what planet the russian president lives on. the leadership here, senior go
they're even russian. a lot of moving part this is morning as secretary kerry arrives in ukraine. >>> what we can learn about the entire 2014 campaign and how one candidate is working on 50 years of family history on the ballot. >>> and more developing news this morning. the president's outside political operation making changes in the wake of an exclusive nbc news report on their fund-raising operation. we'll have more on what organizing for action chief jim messina has now told his team. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, march 4th, 2014. this is "the daily rundown." >>> first reads of the morning, russian president vladimir putin went before the media this morning to defend his country's actions in the wake of the ukrainian revolution, arguing that it amounted to a coup that demanded a russian response. he he told reporters he would use force in ukraine only as a last resort, he claimed. but he said he reserves the right to do so. putin also said further military action would be justified because the ousted president, victor yanukovych has requested it. he said an
? >> providing this off ramp. >> this morning, secretary of state john kerry arrived. >> kerry's arrival coin sides with a proposed pact -- >> will europe go along with the united states to make it truly effective? >> there's not a clear black and white. >> that's because europe and the u.s. aren't entirely on the same page. >> merkel basically questioned putin's state of mind. >> he is living in a different world and the europeans understand that. >> there is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. >> in a press conference today, vladimir putin said i am certain that the ukrainian military and the russian military will not be facing each other. they will be on the same side in a fight. but hours before he said that, russian troops outside a ukrainian base fired warning shots at unarmed ukrainian soldiers who were marching towards them. according to vladimir putin, those were not russian troops, but, as he put it, quote, local defense units. putin continued to deny that russian troops have invaded ukraine. putin had this to say about what he called the united stat
now, high level talks aimed at easing the crisis in ukraine are under way. john kerry just met with his russian counterpart, sergey lavrov. secretary kerry said he urged lavrov to engage in direct talks with ukraine. meantime, parallel talks between nato and russia are being held in brussels, belgium. secretary kerry also met in paris today with u.s. allies. that meeting included ukraine's new interim foreign minister, who was one of the protesters in kiev. he actually traveled to paris with kerry after kerry's high profile visit to that country's capital yesterday. the meeting concluded with issuing of the statements saying in part, "united states, united kingdom, and ukraine agreed direct talks between ukraine and russia facilitated as needed by members of the international community are crucial to resolving the current situation." meantime, russian troops remain in firm control of ukraine's crimea peninsula, amid lingering fears they will not stop there. jim maceda joins us live from moscow with more on the diplomatic efforts under way. jim, what's the latest? >> reporter: h
russian counterpart over the phone to pull back the troops. secretary of state john kerry flies to ukraine tomorrow. after the meeting today with the president of moldova, another former soviet republic whose security may depend on the result in ukraine. on sunday, kerry was quite strident in his condemnation of russia. >> this is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century. >> financial markets today appear to be exacting their own revenge on russia, and investors as a whole. u.s. markets are down triple digits in midday trading. while the main russian exchange lost about 11% of its value and the russian ruble hit an all-time low against the dollar. still, the question remains, how should the u.s. respond to this crisis, which began after the ouster of ukraine's pro-russia regime last month? the answer among some hawks is, naturally, first blame president obama. the "washington post" editorial section wrote today, "president obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should oper
. secretary of state john kerry will head to the ukraine capital of kiev later today in a show of support for the interim government. mentime, in just the past hour, a russian commander delivered a ultimatum to ukraine troops in ukraine's crimea region, surrender by 5:00 a.m. tomorrow or russian forces will storm the bases. that was the message that was just sent. russian forces are now in complete control of crimea. they took over this weekend without firing a shot and without resistance. the big question is, where will they stop? the u.s. and its allies are weighing options after russian president vladimir putin defiantly ignored president obama's warning not to invade ukraine. >> this is ran act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. the fact is, he's going to lose on the international stage. russia's going to lose, the russian people are going to lose. he's going to lose all of the glow that came out of the olympics. his $60 billion extravaganza. he is not going to have a sochi g8. he may not even rem
a the president. kerry med with sergey lavrov. afterwards, he spoke of hope for de-escalation of tension. >> russia made a choice. and we have clearly stated that we believe it is the wrong choice, that is the choice to move troops into crimea. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation. and we are committed to working with russia. and together with our friends and allies in an effort to provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to de-escalation. the united states is ready to work with all parties to make that happen and to make it happen as soon as possible. >> russian president vladimir putin has also spoken to angela merkel today. if diplomacy fails, the u.s. and its allies could put in sanctions against russia in a matter of days. howard fineman and michael mcfall. he's now a fellow at the hoover institution and an msnbc analyst. mr. ambassador, it's great to have you. give us your sense of the limits of this crisis. is there a sense in your mind right now based on your experience that vladimir putin has pushed as far as he's going to go or you think he might
and this morning, secretary of state kerry suggesting an aid package for crew yan. david cameron announcing boycott the paralympics in sochi to this start week. we have three reports, ian williams is in ukraine. we start with ian williams. >> reporter: craig, good day to you from the center of the slightly bizarre spectacle of protesters in the shadow of a statue of lenin. but at same tootimes, yesterday of supporters of the new government in kiev leaving dozen injured. sinister when we saw a militia-type group take over the city hall here. now, they broke in, they stayed there for a day. then equally as mysteriously, they disappeared sunday morning. and today, there were lines of riot police waiting out the front. now, the protesters here in the shadow of lenin have their own barricades. they have their own flowers, pictures. but these are of former riot policemen that died in the clashes in kiev a few days ago. they are clearly very encouraged by events in crimea and hope russia will react here. the big fear, of course, is that russia is trying to kree yacrea situation, stir up chaos and instabil
. >> the ukrainian prime minister says we're on the brink of disaster. >> secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion. >> are you willing to show solidarity with the ukrainians. >> absolutely. >> this is a conversation about obama's leadership pure and simple. >> we have a weak and indecisive president. >> president obama needs to do something. >> i would hope americans would focus on condemning the actions of putin. >> winter showing no signs of slowing down. >> this is part of a massive storm system. >> approaching 5 feet of snow. i'm tired and it's in march. >> dramatic testimony on day one of the oscar pistorius murder trial in south africa. >> a tragic mistake driven by his fear of crime and vulnerability. >> and the oscar goes to -- "12 years a slave". >> no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid. >> look at us. >> ready? >> today the tug of war over ukraine continues and international stability could hang in the balance. it is three days into what the white house is described as a russian invasion of ukraine and now vladimir putin is tightening his grip. today russia's
. >> secretary of state john kerry says climate change is the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction. >> the largest construction project we see on the books. >> republicans calling for this and say it's too big for jobs. >> have a single republican leader stood with us throughout this time? >> obama administration's own folks have said, no, this is not going to do damage. >> what would hold him back from saying yes? >> if there's a crack, a leak, it's in that water. >> we need to step up and do something about it. >> listening to your body against the gears of the machine. this madness must stop. >> we will stand the ground, yes. >> gooed to have you with us tonight. thanks for watching when i was 11 growing in up norfolk, virginia, the vietnam war was rolling, protests started to take place on campus at old dominion university. in washington things started to get heated up. april 1965, april 17th, 25,000 people who showed up to protest the vietnam war. they wanted it over with. and then one month later at uc berkeley, in may of '65, there were 30,000 people. fast forward to 1967, t
. secretary of state john kerry is set to meet with his russian counterpart today to try and talk through mounting tensions in ukraine. yesterday secretary kerry visiting kiev bringing with him prayers for slain proeste estesd a $1 billion aid package. he responded to vladimir putin's perplexing news conference, saying military force remained an option but said no forces were occupying crimea. >> he denied there were any troops occupying crimea. >> he really denied there were troops into crimea? >> yes, he did. >> it's clear russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. so today in another part of this country, we're in a new phase of the struggle for freedom and the united states reaffirms our commitment to ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. according to international law. condemn the russian federation's act of aggression and we have throughout this moment evidence of a great transformation and in that transformation, we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> a lot of really positive reviews, mika, of kerry. >> peggy noone this morni
-bye. ♪ >>> the offramp may be approaching as vladimir putin appears to soften his stance. secretary kerry tries to steer the ukraine cries toys a resolution on the ground. >>> texas takeaways. democrats like the top of their ticket, but there may be a catch as republicans find the oldest member in congress facing a runoff, and next generation bush on the path to statewide office. >>> plus, as new poll numbers again show rising support for same-sex marriage, a kentucky legal case fight gets emotional. we'll talk to the state's attorney general, jack conway. >>> and good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 5th, 2014. and this is the "the daily rundown," i'm kristen welker in for chuck todd. we begin with the crisis over ukraine where all the action seems to be on the diplomatic front. this morning, secretary of state john kerry kicked off a meeting of the u.n. security council in paris, designed to try to end the standoff in the ukrainian region of crimea. kerry began by reading a 1994 agreement he says has been righted by russia's incursion. >> the united states of america and russian federati
john kerry and potential sergey lavrov. we'll keep you updated. they're trying to find an exit to this crisis. we have heard from secretary kerry once. here he was earlier laying the foundation before the talks began. >> the united states of america, the russian federation, and the united kingdom of great britain and north ireland reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of ukraine. weapons will not be used against ukraine. >> congress is stepping in, and russian president vladimir putin, here was speaker boehner this morning on the subject. >> steps that have not been taken over the last three or four years frankly allowed putin to believe that he could do what he's doing without -- without any reaction from us. but given where we are, we're here in a bipartisan way trying to irk with with the president. >> john boehner urging more action and the u.s. is not alone in offering up assistance. the european union is now offering a massive aid package, $15 billion to the interim yo ukrainian gov
options and setting the stage for the next step. secretary of state john kerry is leading the diplomacy from paris now, where he's getting ready to meet with his russian counterpart in the next hour. earlier he met with ukrainian foreign minister and british foreign minister. back in washington, president obama is pushing that diplomatic off-ramp to russia, pull back troops, instead let international monitors make sure ethnic russians are okay. the president spent nearly an hour yesterday talking to the key european player in all of this, german chancellor angela merkel, and he told democrats at a fundraising dinner last night, "we may be able to deescalate over the next days and weeks, but it's a serious situation and we're spending a lot of time on it." at a budget event yesterday, he struck a similar tone. >> president putin is pausing for a moment and reflecting on what's happened. there is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. i know president putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but i don't think t
's strength any more. >> ian williams is joining us from a foggy kiev this morning. kerry is landing there in an hour and entering a diplomatic hornet's net. what do we know on his agenda today? >> reporter: good morning, thomas. the secretary of state will land here into a very foggy and drizzle be kiev about an hour and a half from now. primarily as a show of support for ukraine's interim government. he'll be meeting government leaders. he also will be going to parliament here. at which protesters have already been gathering and urging the government and john kerry to take a tough line against moscow. we are probably going to hear tough words. certainly there will be some pretty combative recognize r ii john contrary. the ukrainians are keen to see what he can put on the table and what support there might be for an economy here which is in free-fall. his visit, of course, coinciding with the visit from the imf looking at ways to rescue the beleaguered economy. certainly they will be looking to see what sort of firm spo support, what measures kerry can put behind the strong words we
will secretary kerry's visit help? and hillary clinton goes after putin with a nazi germany comparison. does that enhance her poll numbers? >>> and john travolta's mea culpa. >>> good morning. i'm thomas roberts. it's wednesday, march 5th. welcome to "way too early," trying to limit its flubs to one syllable. it depends on where you put the emphasis on the syllable. meeting with his russian counterpart to talk through mounting tensions through ukraine. secretary kerry visited kiev, bringing with him prayers for slain protesters and $1 billion aid package, paid tribute to the fallen on the street. claiming no russian soldiers were occupying crimea. >> he denied that there were any russian troops in crimea, occupying crimea. >> he really denied there were troops in crimea? >> yes, he did. >> i think that it is clear that russia has been working hard to create a pretext for being able to invade further. >> trying to give putin room to save face and back off. >> there is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. president putin seems to have a differen
. actor and director ben affleck melt with secretary of state john kerry this morning and moments ago, wrapped up testimony before the senate foreign relations committee. affleck was speaking about the continuing humanitarian crisis in the democratic republic of congo where militia attacks uprooted kong la ease in the past four months. meanwhile in the senate appropriations committee, seth rogan testified on the effects of alzheimer's disease. his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease when she was just 55 years old. >> thank you for the opportunity to testify today and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert at something because that's cool. i don't know if you know who i am at all. you told me you never saw "knocked up." >> coming up, climate change is real. no really, it's real. bill nye and dr. jeffrey sax join me. the longer governor brewer waits to veto sb 1062, the worse it gets for her party. we talk grand old self-made problems next. [ male announcer ] it's 7am and steve is already thinking about tomorrow. which is why he's investing in his heart health by eat
show "scandal," which is back tonight after its winter break. kerry washington plays olivia pope, a d.c. fixer who spends her days keeping politicians' scandal out of the headlines. >> if you get subpoenaed in front of a grand jury, you can testify as an officer of the court that i was working on my own. i didn't blackmail or threaten her. if you don't get subpoenaed, this never happened. >> it's handled. >> no matter the problem is handled. the show's a rating success and a groundbreaking series as washington is the first black woman to lead a tv drama in almost 40 years. but the show's also a social media phenomenon. when "scandal" is on, twitter is taken over by its fans. the show's cast and creator live tweet the show. joining a conversation of thousands, including celebrity fans like mary j. blige, jessica simpson, and mariah carey. in november, kerry tweeted shock and awe. just woke up and watched scandal. floored, and probably won't recover for years. she is not the only one floored with scenes like this. >> she told you there was a problem in the plan, but it was a lie. there
sanctions enough to make russia reverse course? secretary kerry heads to ukraine later today. back at home, it may actually be chillier inside than outside. when president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu meet today. we have new details from the reporter who sat down with the president to preview the meeting of the upcoming mideast peace talks. >>> plus, whether you're talking presidents, governors, or gazillionaire gad flies, week two of the tdr 50 is ready to roll. >>> good morning from a wild and winltry washington. as you can see behind me, it's monday, march 3rd, 2014. the government is closed today. we'll get to the first reads in a moment. let's get the latest on the winter storm system impacting more than 130 million people and has shut down the federal government yet again. new jersey just joined three other states and the district of columbia to declare a state of emergency. the storm system has iced roads and dropped temperatures across the ohio valley as well as into kentucky. nasa tweeted this image showing just how vast this storm system is. and right now,
precarious. secretary kerry said it bluntly this is a brazen act of aggression of russia. the u.s. just doesn't know whether putin is moving toward a confrontation across ukraine that would challenge the new government in kiev or whether this is really going to be limited more to the areas most strategic to russia in the crimea where the russian fleet is based. as one person said it to me last night, we are really playing this by ear. secretary kerry had strong words about the diplomatic and economic consequences that russia will pay for this action but it's obvious in every statement that's made that the u.s. does not seek, does not want a military challenge to this action. i was told that not a ship is moving in the mediterranean, not have been put on maneuvers that might be seen as provocative. for much the response is diplomatic and perhaps sanctions and economic. >> david, now we understand that americans now understand seemingly that putin does not care what we think, does not care about the language that secretary kerry used yesterday on american television, is it now sort of a counund
to eric holder. thanks, pete. >>> secretary kerry has called his russian counterpart lavrov, russia scrambled jets along the border and gunman seized buildings in crimea, the site of the russian naval base. for the latest i'm joined by chief foreign correspondent richard engel. this is alarming to say the least. we don't know what russia's intentions are, is this diplomacy or something real? >> reporter: i'm still shocked secretary kerry used the rocky reference in his interview with you. once i've gotten past that there have been incredible developments here over the past few -- last 24 hours or so. right now they seem to be calming down slightly, better than they were this morning. what happened overnight and early today, several gunmen, maybe 30 to 50 heavily armed, some with anti-tank weapons and sniper rifles took over the parliament in crimea. they hoisted the flag and have been barricading themselves in there all day. the speaker of the crimean parliament wants to hold a referendum that would decide crimea's fate. many of ethnic russians and want to join up with russia. there
on military maneuvers and secretary of state kerry says russian military action in ukraine would be a grave mistake. >>> fine print, the white house is proposing sweeping changes to nutrition labels that will impact almost everything we eat. >>> plus, jay leno's big announcement. >>> a smart phone for the super secret designed to self destruct. >>> and a fascinating study uncovers what our dog's expressions really mean. good morning, everybody. vetoed, arizona's governor strikes down a controversial anti-gay bill. arizona senator john mccain and former secretary of state hillary clinton praise his decision. >> thankfully the governor of arizona has vetoed the discriminatory legislation that was passed. recognizing that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about. >> demonstrators also cheered following the governor's decision. jay gray has the story. >> reporter: after six days of protests outside the arizona state house, with the stroke of a pen jan brewer changed the chan chants to cheers, vetoing senate bill 1062, controversial religious freedoms legislation that op
. with secretary of state john kerry in kiev today to discuss certainly ways to end the crisis, there's emerging now moscow's end game. it's becoming much clearer. according to senior russian officials only way out of there. ousting yanukovych and returning to the february 21st agreement which calls for new elections by december. the problem, betty, kiev and washington both say that plan has been way overtaken by events. back to you. >> reporter: jim, we will be watching. thank you very much for that update. >>> later today in washington, president obama will unveil his 2015 budget proposal. $1 trillion plan expected to call for an end of era of austerity. he will ask for job training and early childhood education and other programs aimed at jolting the middle class. mr. obama also wants to expand the earned income tax credit. one of the most popular credits for the working poor but a short shelf life. republicans are voicing already their disagreements with many issues. house speaker john boehner says these early details prove the president was never serious in addressing the nation's long-term
to let her go without taking this to the very end of the legal system. kerrie, we will continue to follow your story and that of your 6-year-old granddaughter and wish you the best, as well as that child. thank you. >> thank you. >>> up next, bill clinton and alison grimes follow what appear to be the democratic playbook for the 2014 midterms. bffs, nbc's mark murray is up next. ♪boots and pants and boots and pants♪ ♪and boots and pants and boots and pants♪ ♪and boots and pants... voice-enabled bill pay. just a tap away on the geico app. ♪ huh, 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. yup, everybody knows that. well, did you know that some owls aren't that wise. don't forget about i'm having brunch with meagan tomorrow. who? seriously, you met her like three times. who? geico. a 401(k) is the most sound way to go. let's talk asset allocation. sure. you seem knowledgeable, professional. i'm actually a dj. [ dance music plays ] woman: [laughs] no way! that really is you? if they're not a cfp pro, you just don't know. cfp -- work with the highest standard. ♪ make
kerry asking for an immediate and comprehensive study on how tar sands oil would affect health. on wednesday, both whitehouse and boxer said health impact of tar sands oil are being ignored. >> we need to clearly understand that as tar sands oil flows to our gulf coast refineries, it will increase toxic pollution that already travels here. >> it is important we make this decision with our eyes wide open to the health effects, to the climate effects, and not just take at gospel parts of a report. >> meanwhile, there are also growing concerns about the quality of the xl pipeline itself. i mean the physical pipeline itself. is it any good? when i was in nebraska, i spoke with a man named byron seskel. if the pipeline is approved it's going to run right through his land. he gave us i thought a very interesting illustration of the pipeline. >> this goes through your land, doesn't it? >> yes. it goes across my property, splits it right in half, 1.2 miles. my visual aid is this is how big the pipeline is, only it is not this thick. it is 0.478, something of that, and it's made in indi
in this week a's call to action on voting rights. first, our headlines. >>> john kerry has arrived in the ukrainian capital of kiev. >> an emotional wake through the square. >> we will stand with the people of ukraine. >> have had mir putin saying this morning -- >> there is no need for further russian military intervention but the possibility still exists. >> angela merkel told obama she wasn't sure putin was in touch with reality. >> making smart spending cuts and closing tax loopholes that right now only benefit the well off and well connected. >> it is primary day in texas. >> in the last gubernatorial election, the latino turnout was make or break issue. >> the voices in south texas will be the voices if they engage. >> are you homephobic? >> i'm not homephobic, are you? >> if you had more gay friends you would not wear that tie? >>> we begin today with breaking news. today the tug of war over ukraine is intensifying with russia's president defending his intervention and u.s. upping the ante. here's president obama over an hour ago. take a listen. >> although russia has legiti
on a news conference from paris. secretary of state john kerry and the possibility of a diplomatic solution in ukraine all coming up. we'll have the latest as those things develop. >>> we start with the fireworks over the potomac this morning. one of the gop's favorite attacks on the white house. no, i'm not talking about today's 50th vote to dund or repeal bicycle -- defund or repeal obamacare. happy birthday anyway, gop, your hatred of obamacare doesn't look a day over 49. no, i'm talking about the high drama of at all things a house government overnight sight hearing. the committee that has spent -- oversight hearing. committee that has spent your tax dollars and resources investigating the irs and its oversight for politically active nonprofit. committee chair isa is again led the attack as republicans try to find any proof that officials at the agency were directed to conduct audits of conservative groups that spent money in the last two elections. the republican conspiracy theory is that the audits were politically motivated, and they insinuate that they may have been directed by the
to protect its tests. today on "meet the press," secretary of state john kerry cave his take on putin's actions. >> there are plenty of ways to protect russian speaking people in crimea and other parts of ukraine. but they're really sort of a hidden pretext here, possibly trying to annex crimea. >> meanwhile, protesters in ukraine stormed an administration building and kharkiv. what's it like on the ground here today or this evening? >> reporter: hello. in ukraine, you may be able to make out behind me, in the square surrounds by protesters. these protesters are defending lenin, they say. there are flowers. there are photographs. but the photographs here are of riot policemen during the violence in kiev a few days ago. now, yesterday, there were clashes between pro-european protesters here what's left 100 people injured. and occupied the city here and hoisted the russian flag. today, they have riot police outside of it. the next target will be the big industrial city in the midst of the country. and quite pro-russia. the feel is there are is general chaos here and the tensions that ju
well in control of crimea. and the question now, and it's something which john kerry is going to be looking at closely tomorrow, on how he can under it, is what russia does next. and the focus will be on this region here, where i am today, in east ukraine. this is the second biggest city in the country, the industrial heartland, kharkov. many people here have been encouraged with what's happening in ukraine and would ideally like the russians to come in here, too. behind me, you probably can't make it out now, but there is a huge statue of lenin under which there is a group of pro-russian protesters. they occupied this and hoisted the russian flag, and in violence between them and kiev government supporters, many dozens of people were injured. today in doniesk, another area, pro-russians occupied government offices there. the fear is that russia is trying to create the sort of chaos and instability here to justify intervening on behalf of the russian speakers. now, not everybody here would be happy to see the russians come. and clearly, one of the key focuses of john kerry's v
. >>> naturally, secretary of state john kerry had some very strong words about the crisis, although somewhere along the way secretary kerry talked himself waist deep into a swamp of irony today. that story is coming up. stay with us. cut! [bell rings] this...is jane. her long day on set starts with shoulder pain... ...and a choice take 6 tylenol in a day which is 2 aleve for... ...all day relief. hmm. [bell ring] "roll sound!" "action!" [ girl ] my mom, she makes underwater fans that are powered by the moon. ♪ she can print amazing things, right from her computer. [ whirring ] [ train whistle blows ] she makes trains that are friends with trees. ♪ my mom works at ge. ♪ i use my citi thankyou card to get two times the points at the my momcoffee shop.. which will help me get to miami...and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn two times the points on dining out with no annual fee. go to citi.com/thankyoucards. transferred money from his before larry instantly bank of america savings account to his merrill edge retirement account. before he opened hi
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or without ever firing a shot. ukraine's prime minister calls it a declaration of war. secretary john kerry is being sent to kiev tomorrow. >> this is an act of aggression that has completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. it's really 19th century behavior in the 21st century. russia is playing a very duplicitous game and very dangerous game. >> this is a photo the white house released of president obama and vladimir putin on the phone saturday, for what's been described as a tense 90 minutes. the day before the president warned that there will be consequences for the aggression, but what cost? republicans are skeptical. >> every time the president goes on national television and threatens putin or anyone like putin, everybody's eyes roll, including mine. we have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression. >> i think putin is playing chess and i think we're playing marbles, and i don't think it's even close. if you look at the nuclear negotiations, we got our fannies handed to us. >> so much to talk about, let's bring in david rode and mark ginsburg. gentlemen, good mornin
are actually kind of bipartisan on this one. secretary of state john kerry told my colleague andrea mitchell that he hopes it doesn't pass. republicans, including mitt romney and the state's two senators also say it's not good for business. companies like apple, delta, american airlines and marriott are also opposed. even three of the republicans who voted for the bill, including one of its co sponsors, are backtracking in the face of the backlash. did i mention the super bowl? because that's at stake, too. you know that game that attracts 110 million viewers. that will be played in arizona next year. well, probably played in arizona next year. some business leaders are worried that a backlash could mmarr glendale. they say we do not support this legislation. so, yeah, there's a chance someone will have a worst super bowl than the broncos this year. sorry, denver. last night governor brewer tweeted, quote, i assure you as always i will do the right thing for the state of arizona. so the governor's going to pull a spike lee and do the right thing. that's great. but exactly what is the right t
forces on full combat alert. >> secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion. >> in the southern port, his army is already in direct conflict with a unit of ukrainian border force. >> president obama spent a tense 90 minutes on the phone with president putin. >> all options are on the table. >> this is a conversation about obama's leadership, pure and simple. >> i think this is an enormous mistake for russia. >> you don't want to provoke putin, but you do want to be strong. >> russia is going to lose. the russian people are going to lose. >> that sochi charm offensive died on the streets. >> the last thing anybody wants is a military option in this kind of a situation. >> i think you're going to find a house that's very cooperative with the administration on this one. >> there are some moves they could make and could make right now. >> i would like to create a democratic noose around putin. >> are you willing to go to ukraine and show solidarity with the ukrainians if russia doesn't back down? >> absolutely. >>> we've got red alert in e ukraine and all eyes are on president obama
increased. concerns the region could mrit split from ukraine. secretary of state john kerry says russia has promised not to intervene in ukraine. still, secretary kerry is issuing yet another warning to moscow. >> we believe that everybody now needs to step back and avoid any kind of provocations, and we want to see in the next days ahead, obviously, that the choices russia makes conform to this affirmation that we received today. we are also making the same point about reducing tensions in crimea to the ukrainians, and it is very important that the process continue in a thoughtful and respectful way. >>> meanwhile, vice president joe biden spoke to ukraine's new prime minister saying the country has the full support of the u.s. former ukrainian president viktor yanukovych is set to hold a news conference later today. >>> five years into the tea party movement, its leaders are trying to steer the message into the future with a new tone. senator rand paul is calling for an air of optimism, and he is trying to keep the movement from being side tracked from comments made by ted nugent about pr
but can they do anything about it? nbc's jim aceda live in moscow. >> reporter: veronica, secretary kerry will go to kiev no doubt to try to calm the waters so that kiev does nothing that might unintentionally intense situation. it's true that the west has mobilized against russian president's vladimir putin's military takeover of crimea. that's firmly in his hands. it's unclear what the west can do about it. not attending the g 8 summit in june in sochi, for instance, is only symbolic, it's not really more than a meeting. economic sanctions sound good on paper perhaps and look good but in fact the u.s. has little economic leverage over russia. the e.u. sanctions might have teeth but europe is truly reluctant to go there. they're worried about putin's reaction like shutting offer europe's supply of natural gas. neither the u.s. nor nato are contemplating any military action against the russian nuclear power. so while the west has few effective option, putin, meanwhile, says that he has the right to launch his troops and tanks even further into ukraine if russian interests and lives there
. >>> and then secretary of state john kerry heading to ukraine after more of putin's army moves in on crimea. at what point is russia's military intimidation an official declaration of war? this is "way too early." >>> hey there, everybody. good morning. i'm thomas roberts. it is monday, march the 3rd, 2014. welcome to "way too early." the show that would have won best new short feature if we had been nominated. we always have next year. >>> we start off with weather. winter showing no signs of slowing down. new jersey in a state of emergency right now as places like atlantic city could get more than a foot of snow today. the federal government in d.c. has closed its offices and congress is closing business for today. this winter system has skewed south sparing much of the northeast. missouri and indiana have already seen heavy snow leaving roads there a mess. as the system moves through parts of the deep south it left behind heavy ice and slick roads causing troubles there. meteorologist bill karins, fill us in. how did it change? >> from friday it was looking like i-70 from indianapolis to new york
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